Janet Hanley

Janet Hanley

Dr Janet Hanley

Reader/ Principal Research Fellow


I have a clinical background in community nursing and community service development. I also worked in NHS research management in NHS Lothian for many years developing systems for research governance and research opportunities for NHS staff including developing a clinical academic research careers scheme for Nurses, Midwives and Allied health Professionals.

I maintained academic links throughout my NHS career and having held part time seconded and honorary research fellowships at University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, I returned to Edinburgh Napier on a part time basis in 2013.

My research interests include the interface between self-care and health care and the introduction of new technologies into health care. My main research focus has been the use of telehealth in personal health maintenance and the management of long term conditions in primary care, but my interest in the introduction of new technologies into healthcare has also extended to acute care settings including neonatal units, critical care and admission of the elderly to hospital.

In addition to my Edinburgh Napier based research projects (see tab), recent and ongoing grants held in the NHS include

European Union FP7 Programme. PEGASO: Development and testing of telehealth system using internet gaming approach. December 2013 – May 2017. Co-applicant 8,934,000 euros

NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme. Development and validation of the 4AT: a new rapid screening tool for delirium. November 2012 – November 2017, Co-applicant. £839,226

Digital Health Institute. MyLittleOne: use of live video streaming from neonatal unit to mothers in post natal ward. April 2015 – March 2016 - Co Applicant £70,898

Lothian Clinical Academic Careers Scheme, Exploring the use of telehealth in weight management – 2 Phd studentships to be held at QMU September 2013 - September 2019. Co- applicant, supervising one student

CSO, plus matched funding from GE Healthcare. Development and evaluation of strategies to improve quality of sedation in intensive care (DESIST Study), September 2011 – December 2014 Co-applicant, £424,999

CSO: Telemetric supported self-monitoring of long-term illness. June 2008- July 2014 Co-applicant, £983,330 Report graded ‘excellent’

Edinburgh and Lothian Health Foundation Pilot study: ‘Light Touch’ telemonitoring for people with COPD in Lothian. October 2012 – April 2014, co-applicant £78,568


Media Activity

  • Cabinet Secretary visit to ‘Scale up BP’ project, Boroughloch Medical practice http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/health/text-pilot-to-reduce-gp-burden-1-3973459


Invited Speaker

  • “Inspiring and stimulating innovation in Scotland” Telehealth and Telecare Glasgow 2015
  • “Telemonitoring in Primary Care” Nursing in Practice Scotland, Glasgow 2016
  • "How to assess clinical outcomes of telemedicine - the pros and cons of randomized controlled trials" European Telemedicine Society Conference, Oslo 2016
  • Invited panellist Telehealth and Telecare, Edinburgh 2014


Editorial Activity

  • BMC Family Practice – Associate Editor


Fellowships and Awards

  • The RCGP Research Paper of the Year Award 2014: Effectiveness of telemonitoring integrated into existing clinical services on hospital admission for exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: researcher blind, multicentre, randomised controlle


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